Patio Makeover

You know how sometimes when you buy a new couch or chair, you put it in the room and maybe rearrange the furniture and everything else looks shabby? So then you decide that you maybe need a new lamp over there and wouldn’t some curtains be nice and all of a sudden you’ve painted the room and have all new furniture? Yeah. That. But outside.

It started simply enough, with a new patio that we’ve been meaning to put in since we bought the house in 2007.

pavers set in polymetric sand

This wasn’t a DIY project by any means. Is HIY a thing? Because we totally hire it ourselves. We know our limits and our talents and patiosĀ aren’t on the list. We found a great guy who did the patio and planters. Then we asked him to do a small paved section on the other side of the house, build a large planter box and who knows what else. I am trying to get a matching U-shaped planter on the other side of the house. SO exciting. We’ve been trying to get this stuff done forever. More pictures soon.

Spencer is super-excited because we nearly doubled his driving/riding area. Plus, it makes an excellent outdoor dance floor.

patio pavers from Lowe's

We got the pavers off the shelf at Lowe’s so nothing that fancy. For the curious, it’s the allen + roth luxora collection. They are on base and sand and then set with polymetric sand, not cement. From out my window, it seems super easy!

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7 Responses to “Patio Makeover”

  1. Mad Woman (@MadWomanDiary) says:

    It looks great! And yeah, they aren’t particular hard to install if you don’t mind sweatin. We did our patios and driveway on our last house. It really adds value to your home.

    Even better if you don’t have to sweat…taking notes here.

    PS Sod is SUPER easy to install yourself.


    Amy Reply:

    I think I would have been willing to try a square but no way could I have cut all of the curves.


  2. Brigid Keely says:

    Wow! That looks FANTASTIC.

    What a great job/good idea!


  3. Looks awesome! Yes, I agree sometimes it is so much better when you HIY. I wish my husband wasn’t so cheap.


  4. Jackie says:

    It looks great! My husband and his dad did our patio last summer and I didn’t think that I’d like it but I really do! I’m surprised at how much use my toddler has gotten out of it really!


  5. Tannis says:

    We’re HIY people, too. I’m super jealous of your patio – it looks awesome!


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